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Williams, Gonzalez big movers in rankings

Williams, Gonzalez big movers in rankings

Australian Open women's champion Serena Williams and men's runner-up Fernando Gonzalez were the biggest movers in their respective WTA and ATP rankings after the first Grand Slam of the year.
Williams, who came to Australia ranked No. 81, made the biggest jump, going to No. 14 after she beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 at Rod Laver Arena in Saturday's final. The rankings were to be officially announced Monday.
Sharapova's consolation prize is moving to No. 1, a ranking she first attained in August, 2005. When Sharapova advanced to the fourth round here, she displaced Justine Henin, who did not play the Australian Open after withdrawing for personal reasons _ she and her husband have separated.
Amelie Mauresmo, the defending Australian Open champion who was beaten by Lucie Safarova in the fourth round here, remains at No. 3, followed by Australian Open semifinalist Kim Clijsters, who is set to retire after this season.
In projections released by the WTA Tour, Clijsters moved up one spot and swaps with 2004 U.S. Open Svetlana Kuznetsova, who was beaten in the fourth round in Melbourne and now is No. 5.
Martina Hingis, beaten by Clijsters in the quarterfinals here, moved to No. 6 from seventh, displacing Nadia Petrova, who was beaten in the third round by Williams.
On the men's side, Gonzalez, who lost 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 Sunday to Roger Federer, has jumped five places to No. 5 after his celebrated run to his first Grand Slam final, according to ATP projections. The men's rankings will also not become official until Monday.
Gonzalez had wins over former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, Masters Cup finalist James Blake and French Open champion Rafael Nadal. The Chilean player's previous best ranking was No. 7.
"It's really big for me, I know that I can go forward," Gonzalez said. "This tournament was really important for me, not only in the numbers, but in my game."
Federer continued his lengthy run atop the rankings, staying at No. 1 for his 156th straight week. He has occupied the top ranking since Feb. 2, 2004. He is already guaranteed of breaking Jimmy Connors' tour record of 160 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Feb. 26.
Nadal remains at No. 2, Russia's Nikolay Davydenko at three and Australian Open semifinalist Andy Roddick of the United States moves up two places to No. 4.


Updated : 2020-11-30 07:09 GMT+08:00